Patriarch John X of Antioch thanks the Russian Orthodox Church for hospitality

His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, sent a letter to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, expressing gratitude for brotherly Christian love and Abraham’s hospitality according him during his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church.

Among the highlights of Patriarch John’ visit was the prize presented to him by the International Public Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox Nations.

In his letter, Patriarch John says that his visit, which took place from February 18 to 22, 2015, was a new testimony of traditional fraternal and sincere relations that have bound the Patriarchates of Antioch and Moscow for centuries.

Moscow’s landmark 16th century Novodevichy Convent on fire

Emergency crews have extinguished a fire that raged for three hours at Moscow’s iconic Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent. The blaze was concentrated on scaffolds surrounding the convent’s bell tower. Authorities are currently estimating the damage.

The fire was reported at 22:41 local time. Firefighters arrived four minutes after receiving the emergency call.

Fire in bell tower of Nizhny Novgorod cathedral extinguished

The fire in the bell tower of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Nizhny Novgorod has been extinguished, the regional branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said in a press release.

“The open fire was extinguished at 12:31 p.m. No one was killed or injured,” it said.

The city’s emergency services were alerted about the fire at 11:42 a.m. Moscow time. The first firefighters who arrived at the site observed plumes of smoke billowing from the third floor of the building.

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich
Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich
Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich
Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich

Regular session of the Episcopal Council of the Orthodox Church in Germany was held in Munich from 6 until 8 March 2015.

The Orthodox Episcopal Council of Germany was founded in 2010 and it consists of 16 Metropolitans and Bishops of all Canonical Orthodox Churches in Germany. On Friday, 6 March 2015 Bishops gathered along with 25 priests and deacons who serve in Munich, deliberating about the pastoral problems of the Orthodox believers in Bayern.

Celebration of the First and Second Finding of the Venerable Head of St John the Baptist on the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem

Celebration of the First and Second Finding of the Venerable Head of St John the Baptist on the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem
Celebration of the First and Second Finding of the Venerable Head of St John the Baptist on the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem
Celebration of the First and Second Finding of the Venerable Head of St John the Baptist on the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem
Celebration of the First and Second Finding of the Venerable Head of St John the Baptist on the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem

On Monday, March 9, 2015, the feast day of the Chapel of the Finding of the Venerable Head of St John the Baptist was celebrated at Ascension Convent on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.